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The Romeo del Castello vineyards are bordered by lava that erupted from Mount Etna in 1981.

Etna Fumes and Spews, but the Winemaking Goes On

RANDAZZO, Sicily — Chiara Vigo was just a young girl at the time, but the eruption of Mount Etna in 1981 is burned into her memory.

Her parents grew grapes, olives and hazelnuts on roughly 150 acres in the Etna foothills near the Alcantara River. A glowing cascade of lava as tall as an 18-wheeler and as wide as an avenue snaked toward the estate, scalding anything in its path. It was pointed directly at the estate’s vineyard and main house.

The lava approached the grounds two days after the eruption.

What Drives New Wine Discovery?

Trade Survey Uncovers the Business Trends Behind Our Quest for New Regions, Grapes and Countries as Garnacha from Spain's Cariñena Region Grows in Popularity.

The U.S. wine industry is characterized by a drive for discovery, and a new survey reveals why: 95% of wine professionals report that new wine discoveries are extremely, or very important to their professional development, and 83% report they are very important to business growth. The Cariñena region of Spain, a rising star known for great old-vine Garnacha, set out to uncover what drives the search for new wines in the U.S. market.

Nyetimber's vineyard in West Chiltington.

English sparkling wine beats champagne in Paris blind tasting

English sparkling wine was on Wednesday toasting a spectacular victory over the French version – as an elite group of Parisian experts said it was better than champagne.

A team from Britain’s Wine and Spirit Trade Association travelled across the Channel and invited some of the biggest names in the Gallic restaurant and bar trade to a blind tasting.

Many were convinced that some of the UK-produced fizz was from their own country, and in most cases they preferred it to champagne.

US Wine Packaging Market - demand to reach $2.9 billion in 2019

Demand for wine packaging in the US is projected to reach $2.9 billion in 2019. Growth will benefit from continued favorable gains in domestic wine consumption and production and increases in disposable personal income. In the US, wine is becoming more prevalent as an accompaniment to meals at home rather than a beverage consumed at restaurants or special events. Opportunities for related packaging will benefit from the importance of packaging both as a marketing tool and for its ability to enhance the perception of wine quality.